Okay, I honestly don't know that much about Grand Canyon University, other than its really bad reputation for being meaninglessly more expensive than a lot of Arizona colleges and universities and offering a low-quality educational experience. A lot of my friends and teachers don't even mention this university when they list in-state universities, I guess it's just that bad. I didn't even know that this university existed until about a half year ago. I suggest that if you want to go to a university in Arizona, you should go to either NAU, ASU, or UA.
I'm just inherently against community colleges, I'm sorry, but I guess if you can't get into a university, MCC isn't THAT bad, but just transfer over to a university as fast as you can. Why waste your time at a community college anyway? Universities can offer you 100x more.
I speak from the point of view of little high school asian kid who's spent many a saturday at MCC for Chinese school. I know the facilities there, and I WAS a little impressed with their library, but only because I was comparing it to my high school one. Honestly, it's not somewhere I'd want to go for an education. The architecture is bleak and confining, much like a semi-outdoor prison. The classrooms are horrendous, with dusty chalkboards and broken projectors and teeny little wooden desks.
PROS: windows, oh my GOD
CONS: ghetto...everything, basically
Yeah, so the surroundings are nice. There's the tempe town lake, and then there's mill avenue, and then there's whatever else might have you.
But why do kids go to college in the first place? To learn. I'm not paying thousands of dollars a year to stroll a lake or to buy new shoes on mill ave. I'm here at college because college is supposed to give me what I need to get out and manage myself for the rest of my life. I've got a future, and college is only a part of it.
So when you guys look for a college to go to, I suggest to consider what's really important to you: the short-term fun of it, or the long-term education in it.
PROS: pretty blah, party blah, shopping blah
I'm a 17 year old high school student who's going in state for college. That college will probably be ASU. Sadly, ASU doesn't really have the heftiest of reputations, considering it has the longest standing of being the ultimate party school. However, on an academic level, ASU is not really a bad school, you just need to know what you're priorities are and plant yourself a good distance from ASU's party animals.
Social life: party blah party blah party party is basically school life. As quoted from a current student there, "there's like, a party every day, it's great". Well, depending on what kind of person you are, parties everyday can be a good thing or a bad thing. One thing that I find rather hilarious and maybe a little saddening is that everyone basically looks the same....not just compared with each other, but also compared to my high school. I expected college to be a little more dynamic...*sigh* I guess that was too much to wish for. All the girls are tanned blondes with large sunglasses and teeny halter tops, and all the guys are tanned blondes too, but with striped polos and cargo pants. You have to realize that I've just described about 80% of the ASU population too, no joke. It's a sad truth.
I have to admit, Desert Vista is a nice school. It seems really awkward to even suggest that I like school, but Desert Vista is in my opinion the best school in the Tempe Union High School district.
Desert Vista has the advantage of being a very new school, with renovative architecture and a beautiful campus. You can even take a virtual tour of the DVHS campus on the DVHS website. DV is also very substantially funded by the families of students that go there (dern those rich kids), and thus offers much better services and equipment than a lot of other schools.
Desert Vista also has a pretty strong academic standing (at least the school makes the students think so) and all our departments are very strong and organized, math and english being our most notable groups. The teachers are amazing, and I can't imagine graduating and leaving them all behind. Not only do they educate students, but they share with the students the love of the subject being taught, which is the most priceless gift you can give to a student as a teacher.
So yeah, woot for DV!
I can't beat that other story about the missing kid on the Franklin bus....but I can say that my high school, Desert Vista, sends students there to help tutor and read to the kids.
Well, I don't know about you guys, but I didn't really like this school at all. The faculty weren't nice at all (especially that pissy secretary!!! what the heck, you know?) All I asked the darn lady was how I was supposed to redeem my community service hours for school and she's like, "well, you're supposed to fill out this form with this and this and this and this before you even came to our school". Well, poo on you, none of the other DV volunteers had to fill out a 5 page form to volunteer there.....I think she had me confused with a full time community service worker or something, I have no idea.
The school overall is very run down and grungy too....well, mostly because of its location in downtown ghetto phoenix, but still, they could at least make the building less.....unpleasant. It feels like I can't breathe in there, it's so stuffy and gross. Their library is miniscule too.....I went to elementary school at Kyrene de la Sierra and Franklin is pitiful in comparison.
CONS: ghetto to the max
This place is basically one room that a lady named Debrah rented out of "Signature Salons", a big building near the walgreens on (ray was it?)
She's really nice and easy to talk to, and her prices were really great and affordable until she recently raised them to be on par with professional full blown salons. Ouch!
Okay, I'm not really sure about her hair cuts because last time I got a hair cut, i asked for bangs and the bangs she gave me were horrendous...My mom has short hair and I don't really think her haircuts are that great when she's done. So if you want a short cut, don't go here. If all you want are long layers or just nothing off and added layers, feel free. She cuts layers really well =)
She also does highlights like a MASTER. If you ever need highlights, she's your lady. I know highlighting is a really tricky job and it's not something that can be fixed easily either once it's been messed up. Just take good care of your color so that you don't have to get it retouched too often (to save your hair from getting damaged)
CONS: short cuts
In a good way of course. I don't think that if I worked there and risked getting bitten by every nervous or frightened animal that I'd still be as awesome and nice as the people who work at animal clinics.
Ahwatukee is such a higher class area of Arizona and Phoenix in general, so obviously the look of the place was above average and very comfy. The employees were very very nice (as I said before) and I really liked the way they treated my kitty and they way they treated me too =)
I just think the resulting bill is something to weep over! Health insurance doesn't cover the health of my kitty so I had to pay full price (shudder). Ugh....